Steve McCurry: The Eyes of Humanity

From 19 November 2021 to 26 March 2022, Leica Galerie Wien presents the exhibition "The Eyes of Humanity" by the American Magnum photographer Steve McCurry - a personal selection from 40 years.

Portrait of a man with a blue scarf. Gulmarag, Kashmir 1999
© Steve McCurry / courtesy of the Ernst Leitz Museum, Wetzlar 2021

His photographs tell stories and have made history. At the interface of reportage, portrait, travel and landscape photography, the American Steve McCurry (*1950) has long been one of the great photographers of our time. For the exhibition "The Eyes of Humanity" at the Leica Gallery Vienna, the Magnum photographer has made a personal selection of around 50 colour motifs: Images that are particularly close to his heart and at the same time provide a wonderful overview of his rich life's work. There are motifs from crisis and disaster areas, as well as impressive landscape and everyday scenes, but above all photographs that tell of the fate of the most diverse people and communities in the world.

Taj Mahal and steam engine train, once an important symbol of Indian national culture. Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India 1983
© Steve McCurry / courtesy of the Ernst Leitz Museum, Wetzlar 2021

McCurry's work is in the tradition of humanistic photography and transcends linguistic and cultural boundaries. Intense portraits from Pakistan, Tibet, India or Cuba: the unwavering optimism and his knowledge of human nature let him find access and trust to the most diverse people again and again. Steve McCurry succeeds time and again in drawing attention to those who would otherwise remain unnoticed. With tireless energy and empathic curiosity, he shows in his work the beguiling beauty, but also the abysses of the world.

Girl with green shawl. Peshawar, Pakistan 2002
© Steve McCurry / courtesy of the Ernst Leitz Museum, Wetzlar 2021

Steve McCurry was born on 23 April 1950 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. After graduating from university in 1978, he began travelling and working worldwide. McCurry has worked for all major international magazines, published numerous illustrated books and has been honoured with prestigious awards, including the Robert Capa Gold Medal, the National Press Photographers Award and several times at the World Press Photo Award. He has been a contributor to the Magnum agency since 1986. He was the first photographer to be inducted into the Leica Hall of Fame by Leica Camera AG in 2011.

Steve McCurry: The Eyes of Humanity
November 19,  2021 to March 26, 2022

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